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Taxpayers Pay $60 Per Marijuana Plant That The DEA Destroys In Oregon

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 26th 2015 by THCFinder
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One of the biggest talking points in favor of ending marijuana prohibition is that it saves tax payer dollars, which are being wasted with every marijuana investigation and/or arrest. Oregon voters approved marijuana legalization in 2014. In that same year, the DEA spent a TON of taxpayer dollars on marijuana eradication. Per the Washington Post:

That year, the DEA succeeded in removing 16,067 pot plants from Oregon, which at first blush sounds like a lot of weed. But when you do the math, that works out to a cost to taxpayers of $60 per uprooted plant. That is a lot when you consider that nationally, it costs the DEA *ahem* $4.20 to eliminate a single marijuana plant under this program.

The DEA has budgeted $760,000 in marijuana eradication funds for Oregon this year, according to KGW. Considering that marijuana is now legal in that state, many Oregonians — including some members of Congress — are questioning whether that’s a sensible endeavor. They are trying to defund the federal anti-pot program that costs about $18 million a year overall.

The DEA is so hellbent on keeping marijuana prohibition in place, that it is spending more money per plant eradicated in a state where marijuana is legal than it does nationally – over 14 times more. I don’t support cartel grows by any means, but the way to get rid of those grows is to get rid of the demand for them by diverting that demand towards a regulated industry and home cultivation, and not by wasting sixty tax payer dollars per plant.



Legislation Would Stop Next President From Shutting Down the Cannabis Industry

Category: Politics | Posted on Sat, September, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

While the Obama Administration has been allowing legal marijuana states to operate without much federal interference, there are no concrete laws on the books to prevent the next president from closing down the cannabis industry as soon as he or she is handed the keys to the White House.

Despite the fact that the majority of the 2016 presidential hopefuls haven’t indicated any plans to topple the billion-dollar marketplace upon winning the election, the looming possibility has been enough to inspire one federal lawmaker to take a preemptive strike against any such action.

Democratic Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado announced plans earlier this week to reintroduce the “Respect States’ and Citizens Rights Act,” a measure that would simply prevent the future president from putting a stop to legal pot sales. The bill, which failed to get any traction several years ago, would provide states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes with a shield against federal law.

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Just Kick Back And Relax.

Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, September, 25th 2015 by THCFinder


Woman who grew cannabis to help dying husband gets community order

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

A woman who grew cannabis worth £34,000 to extract hemp oil to act as a painkiller for her dying husband has been sentenced to an 18-month community order after a judge accepted she was not embroiled in a commercial enterprise.

Jeanette Hurst, 58, produced the oil to be used as treatment for her cancer-suffering husband, Roy, Burnley crown court heard.

The hearing was told that Mr Hurst, a former prison and drugs officer, ate the oil with chewy fruit sweets to mask the taste. Hurst said she grew the drug after hearing it would help his condition.

She pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and two counts of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Sentencing her to an 18-month community order with supervision and a specified activity requirement, judge Jonathan Gibson said: “It seems to me that the vast majority of cases that I have to deal with involved the growing or possessing with intent to supply with a commercial or similar element and it was sold for profit. This is not that sort of case.”

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